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These rich earth colors and subdued tones are created from either natural clays or a mixture or clays and other ceramic raw materials and can be applied using a variety of methods.

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Underglazes > Engobes (SE) -- LEAD FREE

Conforms to
ASTM D-4236
The Art & Creative Materials Institute AP (Approved Product) seal certifies this product to be safe for use by all ages.


All colors in the Engobes series are LEAD FREE and AP certified.

Sgraffito, Slip Trailing, and Painting. Engobes are either natural clays or a mixture of clays and ceramic raw materials, and are typically rich earth colors and subdued tones. Only water is added to obtain a working consistency like thick cream.

Methods of Decoration. Engobes may be brushed, poured, or trailed thinly on wet or dry greenware. Sometimes they are used to cover an inferior body, but generally are applied as decoration to contrast with the color of the clay piece. Slip painting, slip trailing, and Sgraffito are especially good decorating methods for engobes. For best results when slip painting, use short brush strokes. The designs should be compressed with direct strokes of the brush which is heavily loaded with the engobe. More elaborate designs may be made by the slip trailing method. Try decorating with the AMACO® Slip Trailer to produce thin and thick line designs. When the Sgraffito process is used, designs are scratched into a layer of engobe so the color of the clay shows through.

When used for decorative ware on stoneware and left unglazed, most of them have a smooth matte, or satin finish, except SE-701, SE-720, and SE-740. These will have an irregular surface at Cone 5-6.

Any AMACO® dry or moist pottery clay may be decorated with AMACO® Engobes and fired to the maturing temperature of the basic clay. Usually, a clear transparent glaze for unique effects is applied over the entire decorated shape.

If left unglazed, AMACO® Engobes should not be used on surfaces which come in contact with food or drink. AMACO® clear glazes LG-10, F-10, and HF-9 or any other dinnerware safe glaze are recommended to be used over AMACO® Engobes to make them dinnerware safe. 

AMACO® Engobes have only been tested and approved as dinnerware safe when applied and fired under AMACO® LG-10 Clear Glaze.

AMACO® Engobes are available in 1 lb. dry containers for mixing with water.

To download a copy of the AP (Approved Product seal) colors MSDS sheet in PDF format, please click here.

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Underglazes > Engobes (SE) -- LEAD FREE

Noelle Hoover, Indaianapolis, Indiana, decorated this vase with AMACO Engobe SE-731 Natural Brown and AMACO Textured Alligator glazes.


''The Daffodil Dancer'' was created with AMACO Engobes and Velvet Underglazes by Deb Fritts, Roswell, Georgia.:

Underglazes > Engobes (SE) -- LEAD FREE Available Items:

SE-701 Natural Black [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37471Y)

SE-702 Jet Black [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37472A)

SE-710 White [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37473B)

SE-720 Dark Blue [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37474C)

SE-730 Red Brown [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37477F)

SE-731 Natural Brown [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37478G)

SE-732 Dark Buff [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37479H)

SE-740 Dark Green [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37481K)

SE-760 Yellow [O], 1 lb. Dry (Item #37488S)

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